Postgresql upgrade checklist

Checklist for major postgresql database upgrade: shutdown standby servers on each standby perform pg_upgrade shutdown master perform pg_upgrade if pg_upgrade fails on postgres database with encoding mismatch, re-init database with initdb start master verify master is ok check if recovery.conf present in slave datadir start slaves one-by-one check if slaves are live and recovering if […]

Setting up own mail server

This post describes all the things you will have to do, after (or before) installing and configuring your mail server, because that is where it all starts. Without it, you might have problems sending mail, because remote domains might think your server sends spam or is not delegated to send emails for your domain…

No more systemd on server.

Some time ago I’ve tried to solve a ‘funny’ issue with PowerDNS. It refused to start on one of my backup VPS. After apt-get dist-upgrade, it first stopped to work with very meaningful ‘Failed at step ADDRESS_FAMILIES‘  error. Well, I’ve managed to solve it somehow, but then another ‘funny’ problem popped out…

PowerDNS + systemd fail

I encountered this problem again, so let’s write it down to avoid googling it. Problem: PowerDNS fails to start with pdns.service: Failed at step ADDRESS_FAMILIES spawning /usr/sbin/pdns_server: Invalid argument Solution: edit /lib/systemd/system/pdns.service comment out RestrictAddressFamilies comment out ProtectSystem=full possibly kill systemd-resolved systemctl daemon-reload ask yourself again, why are you using debian with systemd on server […]